So what did these twelve images have in common?
JERRY FREEMAN of Kentucky (ordinaryimages) wins the prize. On Thursday, June 4th he wrote: "I find commonality in the light [time of day] and location [same block] love a puzzler : ] best...jerry"
The prize is two round-trip ferry boat tickets from San Francisco to (Jerry's choice); Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Oakland, Alameda, or Vallejo. The catch is he has to come and collect the tickets from me personally and it has to be done during my lifetime.
All of the images were taken on the same city block. Thirteenth, Folsom, Twelfth, and Isis (pronounced 'Ice-Sis') Streets - in San Francisco - on a beautiful Memorial Day morning two weeks ago. And all were taken in less than half-an-hour (21 minutes and 52 seconds to be exact)
In every instance, starting with the second image - the position of each capture can be clearly seen from the one before it. (the clues here might be the number of images that have pieces of a building or fence or shadow from the preceding one) Kind of a connect-the-dots exercise.
I hate to admit that I didn't put any of this together until after I got back to my office and processed the images.
All were taken with a new Canon G10 that I'd just taken out of the box. The store was two blocks from here. I made the purchase and pulled over in the shade to place the strap on the camera and read a bit of the instruction book. I've been shooting with Canon cameras for years and so had a good head-start on the system. I set the clock and calendar and started to walk.
I'd been wanting to replace my 'knock around camera' for more than a year. The camera that goes with me when I don't want to carry the big guns. I'd done a lot of research. I was thinking of buying the new Canon SX-1-IS. But that camera is almost as big as an SLR and has 'plasticy' feel about it.
The G10 is a solid little beast with an all metal frame. It is reminiscent of the old 35mm rangefinder cameras of the fifties and early sixties. 14.7 MP. It shoots RAW files. This was a must. It does not have the zoom lens reach of the G9 - shaving the 200mm (equivalent) focal length - to a mere 110mm. But the trade off was extending the 35mm wide angle view to 28mm. And you know how much I love the wide view of things.
Here's what we saw over the past week and a half:
[ file #] - [ time ] - [ speed ] - [ aperture ] - [ ISO ] - [ Image ]
001 - 09:46:56 - 1/250 - f/4.0 - 100 - Graffiti and Hydrant
004 - 09:52:44 - 1/1600 - f/4.0 - 100 - Garden Billboard
006 - 09:55:31 - 1/1250 - f4.5 - 400 - Big Brother Billboard
008 - 09:57:36 - 1/1250 - f/4.0 - 100 - 3-D Skykone Billboard
009 - 09:59:13 - 1/1600 - f/4.0 - 100 - B&W Warehouse
010 - 10:01:04 - 1/320 - f/4.0 - 100 - Telephone Pole Detail
011 - 10:02:08 - 1/250 - f/4.0 - 200 - Steel Wall
012 - 10:03:09 - 1/800 - f/4.0 - 200 - Blue Condominium
014 - 10:06:11 - 1/2000 - f/5.0 - 200 - Delivery Sign
015 - 10:07:06 - 1/2000 - f/4.5 - 200 - Green Steps
016 - 10:07:52 - 1/2000 - f/6.3 - 200 - Flower Box
017 - 10:08:48 - 1/2000 - f/4.5 - 200 - Under the Central Freeway
...a lot of luck here. I had no intention of doing anything beyond walking around with my new 'toy'. The morning was beautiful. And image opportunities just seemed to jump at every turn.
Click here for the map of where each image was taken. You will key in on the last (12th) image. From there, going clockwise are all of them. Clicking on each individual map indicator reveals the specific image:
(you may need to zoom in or out a notch or two to make this work)
I hope you had fun with this! It certainly has me appreciating A Minus 3 all the more - to be able to share such an exercise with you. I'm home for two days before two more road trips beginning Tuesday. Both paid. Hooray! I hope to catch-up with all of your work as I can. Joyous light to you all...
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